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The eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa most commonly have their onset in adolescence. Likewise, many behaviors that can develop into eating disorders such as severe dieting, excessive exercise, binge eating, self-induced vomiting and distortion of body image (feeling fat even when thin) are increasingly common in this age group.

We perform a comprehensive assessment of any adolescent with a suspected eating disorder. We then follow these patients in conjunction with a mental health practitioner, a nutritionist, and the referring pediatrician as appropriate. When necessary, we admit patients with eating disorders to the adolescent unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center for more intensive treatment. 

We are extremely sensitive to issues of dieting, weight gain, and body image in all our adolescents and routinely inquire about concerns in these areas. Clearly, healthy attitudes about weight, eating, and exercise are always the goal.


 
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